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Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Bea Kristi began recording music as Beabadoobee in 2017. At just 20 years old, Beabadoobee has built her huge, dedicated Gen-Z fan base with her flawless output of confessional bedroom grunge pop songs and DIY aesthetic. Fake It Flowers is her debut album wear she wears her heart on her sleeve backed by music that has a strong grunge and slacker feel. It’s instant, joyous and absolutely golden.

Bea Kristi, the 19-year-old singer/songwriter behind Beabadoobee, signed with Dirty Hit (the label giant behind The 1975, Wolf Alice and others) two years ago and has been climbing the ranks ever since. Through her early singles and recent EPs (2018’s Patched Up and 2019’s Loveworm and Space Cadet), Beabadoobee has perfected her tender acoustic pop, floaty dream pop and distorted indie rock. Also a self-described ’90s obsessive, she’s won over hordes of Gen Z listeners, landed an opening slot for Clairo in the U.S. and became a BBC Sound of 2020 finalist.

Following the release of the single “Care” in July, London-based artist beabadoobee has shared another track from Fake It Flowers, her forthcoming album set for release on October. 16th via Dirty Hit. The single, titled “Sorry,” recalls the disintegration of a close friendship as Bea owns up to her own mistakes. “It’s the idea of dismissing something because it felt too close to home and a personal reminder to never take for granted what that person could have had,” she says.

Known for her soft, lo-fi folk sound, London’s  Beabadoobee, first emerged online with her sweetly attenuated 2017 viral single “Coffee.” Only 17 at the time, she signed with the Dirty Hit label, which issued her second EP, Patched Up, in 2018.
Born in London to Filipino parents, She first became interested in music around age seven, and grew up listening to a mix of OPM (Filipino traditional and modern original music compositions and ’80s pop/rock. By her teens she had discovered indie rock and was listening to artists like Kimya Dawson, Karen O & Yeah Yeah Yeahs, (Sandy) Alex G, and Florist, as well as the Beatles and Chet Baker. In 2017, at age 17, she received her first guitar and quickly taught herself how to play by watching tutorial videos online. That same year, she recorded her song “Coffee” in a friend’s bedroom, and uploaded it online. A mellow ditty inspired by her relationship with her then-boyfriend, the song went viral, with its video getting over 300,000 views, and gaining even more hits on streaming services. The labels took notice, and Bea issued her debut EP Lice on Columbia before signing with the independent Dirty Hit (home to the 1975, Pale Waves, and Wolf Alice). In 2018, she issued a second EP, Patched Up. Another EP, Loveworm, arrived in April 2019, followed several months later by the single “She Plays Bass.” .

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Three years ago, Bea Kristi uploaded a low-fi love song called “Coffee” to YouTube. Little did most listeners know it was the first song she’d written, ever. “I came home from school one day, and I think my dad had noticed that I was getting depressed and kind of bored, so he bought me a second hand guitar,” recalls the 20-year-old London singer-songwriter. She wrote “Coffee” on her new guitar without giving it much thought — “The tempo changes halfway through, it’s dumb as fuck,” she says now — and though she only uploaded it so she could share it with her friends, it blew up, with more than 300,000 views.

Labels reached out to her, and overnight, it seemed, Kristi had fans who wanted to hear more. Soon she had a record deal with Dirty Hit, joining the same ranks as the 1975, Wolf Alice, and Rina Sawayama. She’s made the most of the partnership: Even in quarantine, she’s been working with the 1975’s boisterous frontman Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel. “Knowing Matthew, he’s just always sent me music,” she says. “Hopefully when all of this is done, and with my band members and Matty and George, we’ll probably make something – something small.”

Her first pair of EPs as Beabadoobee followed the same winning formula as “Coffee” and her other viral hit, a cover of Karen O’s “The Moon Song”: simple guitar chords, echo-y production, melancholic lyrics that bordered on twee. Occasionally she ventured into something else, like on “If You Want To” from her Patched Up EP, where she hooked up her guitar to her amp, added some drums, and took a more assertive role in her vocal delivery: “If you wanna take me/Go ahead and try my head/Experience is nothing compared to/The sleep paralysis in my bed.”

On her 2019 Loveworm EP, she experimented more with her Nineties-inspired sound, drawing from the reverb haziness of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, as well as the perceptive songwriting of acts like Life Without Buildings and Elliott Smith, for whom she has an “XO” tattooed on her arm.

By the time she released her Space Cadet EP last October and toured as an opening act for Clairo, Kristi had stepped fully into the role of an alt-rock torchbearer. She drew inspiration for that EP both from her own introverted nature.

Like something straight out of the late 90s or early 2000s, Beabadoobee covers angst and betrayal over anthemic guitars. The lyrics are direct and hard hitting. She doesn’t want fake sympathy from people who don’t really know her and don’t really care.

Indie-pop rising star Beabadoobee—the project of 20-year-old Bea Kristi—has announced her debut album Fake It Flowers, due later this year via Dirty Hit. The first single “Care” is out now. The swirling pop song sounds like it’s from a ’90s coming-of-age film, and the music video is even more fun, with Kristi headbanging and shredding on her guitar as if she’s playing a punk song.

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We know time has lost all meaning in these lockdown weeks but it does feel like we’ve been waiting for The 1975’s ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ for ages. The end is in sight, though, and what better way to carry us through the next month than the absolute bop that is of another shared track from the forthcoming release,  The 1975 have shared “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know),” the latest single from their forthcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form. Check out the music video, directed by Adam Powell, below. The song is still driven by rose-tinted joy.

this song is shamelessly huge. The aching guitar line is immediately recognisable, the mark of an instant classic, and Matty’s cry of “Oh yeah” – before the uproarious sax takes over , offers perhaps the greatest endorphin release you’ll find this side of lockdown.

But even at their biggest and most uninhibited, The 1975 still keep it wonderfully weird. The first minute of ‘If You’re Too Shy…’ is a glitching tease of what’s to come, broken up by Twigs’ wordless vocals as an ominous styled drone stalks the track. The song itself tells the story of an online lust affair that occupies the subjects’ every thought, with Matty desperate to “see the girl on the screen.” It’s never that simple with this band, “There’s something about her stare that makes you nervous and you say things that you don’t mean,” Matty sings, allowing relatable vulnerability to creep through. Elsewhere, he confesses how much he needs the fake courage of alcohol (“Sometimes it’s better if you think but this time / I’m going to drink through it”) to escape the real world.

Notes on a Conditional Form follows 2018’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The 1975 have now shared seven of the new album’s 22 songs. Along with “If You’re Too Shy,” the band has released “The 1975,” “People,” “Frail State of Mind,” “Me & You Together Song,” “The Birthday Party,” and “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America.”

“If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know”) from the new album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ available through Dirty Hit, under exclusive licence to Polydor Records and Interscope Records


Oscar Lang: bops etc. Vinyl

18 year-old Oscar Lang this rising British singer-songwriter, begins the real start of his music career: he finishes college forever, plays his debut sold-out solo show and reveals himself as the new signing to The 1975’s label Dirty Hit Records with a new EP to boot.

“I’m soooo gassed to do music full time now,” Lang tells us. “It’s always been my heart and soul and it’s crazy that I can do it for a career, especially as I’m so hyped for my first release on Dirty Hit to be full of bangerz.”

The effervescent and incredibly productive 18 year-old Lang has been writing music since he hit double digits and has carved out respect among his lo-fi peers as a writer and producer. He’s worked with the likes of Bea Kristi (better known as fellow Dirty Hitter Beabadoobee) and rising Norweigan indie-pop star Marie Ulven (aka Girl in Red). This new project comes after a time making music under the ‘Pig’ moniker, which birthed two self-produced albums: Teenage Hurt and Silk.this rising British singer-songwriter.

Oscar Lang’s new EP “Bops Etc.” is out now via Dirty Hit Records.

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London quartet and Dirty Hit signees King Nun have more raw energy in one fingertip than most alternative rock bands these days have in their entire bodies. Though there’s no debut album to speak of yet, tracks like “Hung Around”, “Sponge” and “Speakerface” display a level of excitement and grit that mainstream rock often lacks. The band got signed a few years ago when they were just teenagers, and after hearing their stop-start, blues-rock stomper, “Hung Around,” there’s no question their label made the right call. King Nun toured with labelmates Superfood and Pale Waves and scored a slot at last year’s Reading and Leeds festival, so there’s a lot of momentum behind this band. Word on the street is that they have an EP set for release this year.

Band Members
Vocals/Guitar: Theo
Guitar: James
Bass: Nathan
Drums: Caius

Pale Waves

Pale Waves have released their new single ‘The Tide’  is the latest song to be taken from their debut EP, ‘All These Things I’ve Never Said’, which is out on March 16th via their label Dirty Hit Records. 

The track is the third single taken from the band’s ‘All The Things I Never Said’ EP The release comes ahead of the band’s headline spring UK tour. Dating back to before they were signed, the song follows the releases of previous singles ‘Television Romance’ and ‘My Obsession’.

‘The Tide’ is an unmistakably Pale Waves , with their trademark sound transporting you straight to the seventies with its instantly uplifting vibe.

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New Manchester band Pale Waves have been taking the wold by storm. Critics have been awed by their new single Television Romance’. “A shimmering, summer-tinged indie banger – one that will no doubt end up filling venues up and down the country when their next tour is announced.”

Dirty Hit, the record label founded by The 1975’s manager, Jamie Oborne, as a vehicle for the band he discovered as Cheshire teenagers. Now it’s home to some of the UK’s most exciting bands, from the established, such as Wolf Alice, to rising stars such as The Japanese House – whose ‘Pools To Bathe In’ EP was produced by 1975 frontman Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel – and new signing No Rome. There’s a particular up-and-coming band that Healy has really taken under his wing, taking them on tour in the States, co-producing their first two singles and directing the video for the second, ‘Television Romance’ – and that band is Pale Waves.

They are about to launch a headline tour. Catch them at The Cellar Bar in Oxford, The Cookie at Leicester and Bristol Thekla during Feb/March 2018.

Superfood - Love Music; Love Life

Superfood have released the music video for their latest single ‘I Can’t See’The track is taken from their recently released second full-length album ‘Bambino’.

Next month, Superfood will hit the road for an eight-date headline tour. The band will also make an appearance at Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival on October 7th at Sound Control.

“The song speaks about our experiences in love and friendship and the importance of having someone there for you,” say the band of ‘I Can’t See’, “when you need help the most. It gives away another side to the album and the commitment we’ve taken to make sure we’ve pushed ourselves to go outside what we feel most comfortable in.”

It follows on from first glimpse ‘Double Dutch’, their first release with new label Dirty Hit.

'Don't Delete The Kisses'

It’s a new Wolf Alice track from the upcoming album due to be released late september.

The band have shared ’Don’t Delete The Kisses’, the second offering from upcoming album “Visions Of A Life” and we’re here to tell you that it’s an absolute peach. The track follows the earlier first song “Yuk Foo” in previewing the follow-up to 2015 debut “My Love Is Cool” due out on 29th September via Dirty Hit.

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The band start an intimate US tour in Chicago tonight (5th July). The run extends through July, before a UK and European run in the Autumn. They’ve also shared the artwork for the new album ‘Visions Of A Life’.

Listen to ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ below, view the tour dates and get nice and properly excited for ‘Visions Of A Life’!. ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ is, in short, incredible. Its verses are like a continuation of ‘The Wonderwhy’, in that frontwoman Ellie Rowsell softly speaks her words instead of singing them. “I’m typing you a message that I know I’ll never send/Rewriting old excuses, delete the kisses at the end,” she sighs at one point, a piece of ultra relatable poetry for anyone navigating love and lust and trying to play it cool with your crush.

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A new track from Superfood , where have you been…? it had been three long years since we got our last serving of Superfood
After announcing their signing to Dirty Hit via Superfood have returned with new single ‘Dirty Dutch’.

For Superfood the long layoff between records seems to have been an eye-opening time, allowing them space to experiment and craft what is no doubt an intriguing progression in their sound. The slacker vibes are still evident, but on their first taster of album two, Don Ganderton and Ryan Malcolm serve up an unexpectedly synth-heavy and playful electro-banger.
The track is the first to be taken from the band’s as-yet-unnanounced follow-up to 2014 debut LP ‘Don’t Say That’, and is an instantly addictive, dreamy cut, with a heavy use of sampling.

Superfood headline the inaugral Dirty Hit tour across March and April.

Superfood will play Live at Leeds (29th April)

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